GHSA Golf Championships

EC's Baik finishes third


East Coweta senior Ji Eun Baik, seen with varsity golf coach Jason Tidwell, finished third at Monday's Class AAAAAA state tournament in Moultrie.

East Coweta senior Ji Eun Baik wrapped up her varsity golf career with as much consistency as the future Mississippi State player had during her four seasons leading the Lady Indians' program. Baik added her fourth consecutive top-five finish at the GHSA state level after placing third during Monday's Class AAAAAA State Girls Tournament at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. Her 1-over 73 was just two shots behind co-leaders Michaela Owen of Lambert and Kayla Sloan of Milton, who decided low-medalist honors in a sudden-death playoff. Owen, a sophomore, held off Sloan for the individual title. The Lady Longhorns were also able to defeat defending Class AAAAA champion Milton by five strokes to win the Class AAAAAA girls team crown. Baik ended her varsity career by again winning low medalist honors in region play, firing a 70 to help the Lady Indians win this year's Region 3-AAAAAA crown. East Coweta shot a 277 overall on Monday to place 14th. Cheryl Tobin (101) and Gabriel Freed (103) completed the scoring, while Mary Wilson (106) also competed for the Lady Indians.
"I doubt I'll ever have another one like her," said East Coweta golf coach Jason Tidwell of Baik, who rebounded over her final three holes with a birdie on No. 16 and an eagle on the 17th hole. "The way the course was set up, she just wasn't able to get a rhythm going. A lot of little greens and short holes." Baik made the turn at 1-over before adding three more strokes on the back nine. The standout, better known as "JB" rallied however to make a push for low-medalist honors while playing with Sloan, who eagled the 18th to force a playoff with Owen. Playing individually after qualifying at region, Newnan standout Kristyna Jirikova placed 17th overall with a round of 81. The field included 74 varsity players. Newnan's boys team placed 14th in the Class AAAAAA boys tournament at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, led by rounds of 76 from Carson Vaughn and Jordan Henry. The Cougars shot 321 as a team to finish three shots behind Coffee and four behind Grayson. Max Matistic and Tyler Cook added respective rounds of 83 and 86 to complete the scoring. John Taylor (87) and Lanier Sealy (90) also competed for Newnan. Also advancing to the Class AAAAAA boys tournament was East Coweta senior Ryan Tobin. Tobin, who is headed to St. Francis College, shot a round of 80 to tie for 54th place individually. Northgate had boys and girls golfers participate in respective Class AAAAA tournaments. The Lady Vikings placed ninth as a team in play at Indian Mounds on Jekyll Island with a score of 292. Ashton Thompson led Northgate's girls with a 95, one stroke ahead of teammate Haley Grant. Jessica Houk competed the scoring with a 101 while Kelly Henderson added a 105 for the Lady Vikings. Four Vikings played individually in the Class AAAAA boys tournament at Pine Lakes on Jekyll Island led by Maddux Lytle's 81, which tied for 51st place. Nathan Garner fired a round of 84 while Daniel Salvatore and T.J. Womack added scores of 88 and 97, respectively.

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